Is the New York Pass worth it?

I’d say no.

The American Museum of Natural History and the Met are both pay what you can/will. You could essentially pay a $1 for each (you should pay more than this, as it’s benevolent City residents and benefactors who are paying your way).

After you remove those two, you’re looking at paying $122 for four excursions. I personally think it’s a waste of time to go on a Circle Line tour or go to the Statue of Liberty, particularly if you’re over the age of 8. Just take the Staten Island Ferry (it’s free), you can even grab a beer along the way and you’ll get a better view of the harbor at large (i.e. New York beyond Manhattan). If you believe me that the Staten Island Ferry is a better bet, we’re down to three sites for $122, and the entry fees for the three adds up to less than $122.

If you really want to go to all of those places, sure, it might still make sense. If, on the other hand, you’re not sure if all of them are on your NYC bucket list, then you’re probably better off picking your spots and saving a little money by going to the places you really want to go to.

3 Replies to “Is the New York Pass worth it?”

  1. If you’re a tourist and these are the attractions you want to see, then yes, it’s worth it. The City Pass is a hugely discounted rate for these attractions and are generally the places tourists would like to see while in the City, and it is good for 9 consecutive days. However, unlike some tourist passes in other places, like Paris, the only location that allows you to skip the line is the Met Museum of Art, and the lines are rarely long.

    For a wider selection of locations, go with the Official New York Pass. Just be prepared for long lines at most of the attractions, plus most reviews say you will have a long wait for the bus.

    If you live in the City, then no. No. Don’t do it. 🙂

  2. I'm inclined to say no. I took a quick look at their website, and the deal seems to be “do $400 worth of touristy stuff in 3 days for only $259.” That's about 30% savings, but only if you buy in advance and then spend 3 days in a row doing nothing but visiting paid tourist attractions. I don't think most people really want to spend their time in New York that way. It would be exhausting and not all that interesting. I live in New York and I haven't done most of the things on their list. As a tourist of course you'll want to do some of this stuff, but there are plenty of other things to explore: Central Park, interesting neighborhoods, shopping, museums, restaurants, shows, etc. You'll be better off separately booking the few things from their list that you really want to do, and saving the rest of your time and money for all the other things New York has to offer.

  3. Yes, because it enables you to bypass the normal ticket line with most attractions.

    Visit their website:

    Official New York Pass®

    A friendly reminder, don’t just stay in Manhattan, the other boroughs have amazing things to offer.

    Hope this helps!

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